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Woodlawn Show

The Magic Flute, by Robyn Church Hatton




Daily,  Nov 5th – 13th.  12 Noon – 4 pm.
Juror – J. Jordon Bruns

Reception Sunday November 6th

12 Noon – 4 pm

Awards at 2 pm

Woodlawn Manor Museum

16501 Norwood Road

Sandy Spring  Maryland


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“The Magic Flute”

One of the operas that I was always happy to see at the Santa Fe Opera when I was a child was Mozart’s, “The Magic Flute,” which tells a charming and fantastic story of a bird seller, a captured princess, a prince who wants to rescue her, an evil Queen of the Night, a priest and, a magic flute. The plot is complicated for a child, with mysterious rituals and intrigue, but also gaiety, wistful longing and love. Papageno’s theme song and chimes, along with the appearance of a monster and animals, made it one of the favorite, yet least understood operas of my childhood. What I found compelling was the incredible vocal range of The Queen of the Night, and the active and intense dramatic interaction of music, lighting, costumes, scenery and cast as they presented an opera full of imagination and wonder, exuding the profound brilliance and complexity of Mozart.

As I was painting, I could almost hear the swirl of the instruments tuning prior to the beginning of the first act, the swishing of women’s skirts on stage, the booming deep voice of the men, and the high repetitive notes of The Queen of the Night. I laughed again at silly Papageno, as I remembered his antics, chimes and song. I hope you sense some of the excitement and wonder I felt as the lights turned on, the music began, and the story began to unfold as you view my painting, “The Magic Flute.”

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Patuxent Art League Juried Exhibition

My painting, “The Magic Flute,” has been juried into this exhibit.


Patuxent Art League 20th Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition

Montpelier Arts Center

Main Gallery December 12 –January 2.

Reception and Awards ceremony: Sunday, Dec. 12, 2-4 pm.

Juror: artist and educator, David Lawton.

Montpelier Arts Center is on the grounds of the beautiful and historic Montpelier Mansion which dates to 1873.



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